Young Rewired State: Young Geeks, 1 Week, 1+ use of Govt Data = 1 Winner

What is it?

Young Rewired State is an initiative designed to bring together young developers and the government, showcasing the exceptional talent of 15-18 year olds in the UK while generating ideas on how to use existing Government data. This year the initiative took the form of a hack week, allowing teen geeks in Scotland, Reading, Norwich, London, Manchester and Brighton to work on their applications for a week at their locations and then come together in central London on the final day to present their apps to a panel of esteemed judges.

Founding  Director of Rewired State, Emma Mulqueeny, runs two free/sponsored events a year: National Hack the Government Day and Young Rewired State (RWS). Emma told me her objective for RWS is to showcase the enormous talent that lies in our teenagers and also get all the applications developed during the hack week sponsored so they become a reality. This year Emma plans to set up a community developer network and showcase the applications created to encourage young people to join in next year.

We also managed to grab a few minutes with Milo Yiannopoulos, technology journalist and host of Young Rewired State 2010.

Milo Yiannopoulos, host of Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredstate.org/yrs

The Judges

The judging panel included Andrew Stott, UK Director of Digital Engagement and Ben Hammersley, Editor at Large of Wired UK magazine. There was even an impromptu judge picked from the audience…

The Judging Panel at Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredstate.org/yrs

The Ideas Gallery ( in no particular order!)

Gimme5, Demo from Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredstate.org/yrs
Jobber, Demo from Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredstate.org/yrs
Better Off in Bed? Demo from Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredtate.org/yrs
Bus Timetable, Demo from Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredstate.org/yrs
GovSpark, Demo from Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredstate.org/yrs
I WantedList, Demo from Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredstate.org/yrs
Active Places, Demo from Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredstate.org/yrs
Cycle Hub Locator, Demo from Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredstate.org/yrs
Hospital Rater, Demo from Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredstate.org/yrs
NatuSearch, Demo from Young Rewired State 2010 http:rewiredstate.org/yrs
Notlate, Demo from Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredstate.org/yrs
Play with DPK’s Microdata, Demo from Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredstate.org/yrs
Postcode Lottery, Demo from Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredstate.org/yrs
Recycle.me, Demo from Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredstate.org/yrs
Social Library, Demo from Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredstate.org/yrs
TaxMan, Demo from Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredstate.org/yrs
UniSearch, Demo from Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredstate.org/yrs
TubeSmart, Demo from Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredstate.org/yrs
What Block, Demo from Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredstate.org/yrs
Criminator, Demo from Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredstate.org/yrs
Cool Broadband, Demo from Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredstate.org/yrs
Manchester Pictures Through Time, Demo from Young Rewired State http://rewiredstate.org/yrs

There were more applications we weren’t able to video, including Pick My House, an app that gives users a list of facilities surrounding a potential new home, like schools and bus routes and Bus Map Live, taking the Bus Timetable application and taking it one step further by telling you in real time where your bus is, shown on a route map.

The Winners

  • The ‘Most Likely to be Bought’ award’ went to Josh Pickett and Ben Webb for Bus Timetable
  • The ‘Wish I’d Thought of That’ category was awarded to Ryan Taylor for NotLate
  • Winner of ‘Best Coding’ category was James Cunningham for NatuSearch
  • The ‘COI Council Award for App Most Likely to Annoy a Government COI’ was jointly won by Isabell Long for GovSpark and Josh Pickett and Rob Barry for What Block
  • The ‘App Most Likely to Get You Fired’ was Sufian Hassan and Dylan Maryk for I Wanted List
  • Runners Up were William Oakes for TaxMan, Harry Rickards and Lawrence Job for TubeSmart, Michael Mokrysz for Pick My House and Fred Peckett and Ben Holloway for Gimme 5

…and finally, the ‘Best in Show’ award went to Damon Hayhurst for the Social Library application. The judges said it was extremely useful and exposed a gap in public services that needs to be filled. Here’s Damon just after winning the coveted Best In Show prize…

Damon Hayhurst, overall winner of Young Rewired State 2010 http://rewiredstate.org/yrs

A big ‘thank you’ to Rafal Kwiek, our new intern, who helped out with some of the interviews and videos and to software developer Daniel May who gave a professional, gallant demonstration of Windows Phone 7 despite the terrible wireless connection Smile

Published by Sara Allison

Sara is the editor of Ubelly - when not heads down scouring Ubelly articles for typos (and not always catching them), she's scouting for new writing talent. Give her a shout @SaraAllison if you've got something to say about development/design and want to be heard.

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